Black Diamond (Angie Stone album)

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Black Diamond
Angie Stone - Black Diamond.png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)
Recorded1998–1999
Genre
Length54:46
LabelArista
Producer
Angie Stone chronology
Black Diamond
(1999)
Mahogany Soul
(2001)
Singles from Black Diamond
  1. "No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Life Story"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Everyday"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Hot Press9/12[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

Black Diamond is the debut studio album by American singer Angie Stone. It was released on September 28, 1999, by Arista Records. The album is named after Stone's then-teenaged daughter Diamond Ti'ara.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Freedom (Intro)"Angie StoneStone0:42
2."No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
Stone4:42
3."Green Grass Vapors"
  • Aaron Lyles
  • Stephanie Bolton
  • Aaron "Freedom" Lyles
  • Stone
4:14
4."Everyday"
Russell Elevado3:28
5."Coulda Been You"
  • Stone
  • Sekou Aiken
  • Rex Rideout
  • Phil Temple
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Stone
4:25
6."Visions"DJ U-Neek3:31
7."Life Story"
4:07
8."Just a Pimp"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:12
9."Trouble Man"Marvin Gaye
  • Stone
  • Lyles
2:33
10."Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)"Muhammad5:19
11."Man Loves His Money"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:11
12."Love Junkie"Stone
  • Stone
  • Lyles
4:18
13."Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)"StoneStone1:35
14."Heaven Help" (bonus track)
DeVeaux3:19
15."Don't Wanna Ride Without You" (hidden track)Stone 4:10
Total length:54:46
German edition bonus tracks[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
15."Without You"Stone3:35
16."Thank You"
  • Stone
  • Robyn Smith
0:23
UK edition[7]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Freedom (Intro)"StoneStone0:42
2."No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
  • Stone
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Weatherly
Stone4:42
3."Everyday"
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
Elevado3:28
4."Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)"
  • Muhammad
  • Stone
  • Alford
Muhammad5:19
5."Life Story"
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
  • DeVeaux
  • Cutfather & Joe[a]
4:07
6."Visions"
  • Davis
  • Middleton
  • Lind
  • White
DJ U-Neek3:31
7."Coulda Been You"
  • Stone
  • Aiken
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Stone
4:25
8."Just a Pimp"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:12
9."Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)"StoneStone1:35
10."Green Grass Vapors"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:14
11."Baby Slow Down"
DeVeaux4:09
12."Love Junkie"Stone
  • Stone
  • Lyles
4:18
13."Trouble Man"Gaye
  • Stone
  • Lyles
2:33
14."My Lovin' Will Give You Something"DeVeaux4:33
15."Heaven Help"
  • DeVeaux
  • Britten
DeVeaux3:19
16."Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix) (includes hidden track "Don't Wanna Ride Without You")
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
  • DeVeaux
  • Full Crew[a]
8:14
Japanese edition and German reissue[8][9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Thank You"
  • Stone
  • Smith
 0:23
16."Heaven Help"
  • DeVeaux
  • Britten
DeVeaux3:19
17."Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix)
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
  • DeVeaux
  • Full Crew[a]
4:16
18."Without You"Stone 3:35
Digital deluxe edition (disc one)[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Freedom (Intro)"StoneStone0:42
2."No More Rain (In This Cloud)"
  • Stone
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Weatherly
Stone4:42
3."Green Grass Vapors"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:14
4."Everyday"
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
Elevado3:28
5."Coulda Been You"
  • Stone
  • Aiken
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Rideout
  • Temple
  • Stone
4:25
6."Visions"
  • Davis
  • Middleton
  • Lind
  • White
DJ U-Neek3:31
7."Life Story"
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
  • DeVeaux
  • Cutfather & Joe[a]
4:07
8."Just a Pimp"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:12
9."Trouble Man"Gaye
  • Stone
  • Lyles
2:33
10."Bone 2 Pic (Wit U)"
  • Muhammad
  • Stone
  • Alford
Muhammad5:19
11."Man Loves His Money"
  • Lyles
  • Bolton
  • Lyles
  • Stone
4:11
12."Love Junkie"Stone
  • Stone
  • Lyles
4:18
13."Black Diamonds & Blue Pearls (Interlude)"StoneStone1:35
14."Heaven Help"
  • DeVeaux
  • Britten
DeVeaux3:19
15."Without You"Stone 3:35
16."Thank You"
  • Stone
  • Smith
 0:22
17."Baby Slow Down"
  • DeVeaux
  • Stone
  • Mole
DeVeaux4:09
18."Ear-Responsible"  4:32
19."Work It Out"Stone 3:23
20."My Lovin' Will Give You Something"
  • DeVeaux
  • Gamson
  • Ragin
DeVeaux4:33
21."I Gotta Thing for You"Stone 5:08
Digital deluxe edition (disc two)[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."No More Rain (In This Cloud)" (StarGate Radio Mix)
  • Stone
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Weatherly
  • Stone
  • StarGate[b]
3:57
2."No More Rain (In This Cloud)" (Erick Sermon Remix) (featuring Loon)
  • Stone
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Weatherly
  • Stone
  • Sermon[b]
4:17
3."No More Rain (In This Cloud)" (Wookie Vocal Mix)
  • Stone
  • Williams
  • Chambers
  • Weatherly
  • Stone
  • Wookie[b]
4:48
4."Everyday" (Mike City Remix)
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
3:58
5."Everyday" (Neptunes Remix) (featuring Pusha T)
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
4:20
6."Everyday" (Suli & Stef Bass Remix) (featuring Mad Snake)
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
4:49
7."Everyday" (Full Crew Rap Mix) (featuring Phoebe 1)
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
3:52
8."Everyday" (Soultown Mix) (featuring Phoebe 1)
  • Stone
  • D'Angelo
4:23
9."Life Story" (Jazz Hop Mix)
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
4:15
10."Life Story" (Full Crew Hip Hop Mix)
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
4:21
11."Life Story" (Booker T Vocal Mix)
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
5:39
12."Life Story" (Club 69 Future Mix)
  • DeVeaux
  • Ross
3:36
13."Life Story" (music video)  4:08
14."Everyday" (music video)  3:26
15."No More Rain (In This Cloud)" (music video)  4:13
16."Behind the Scenes" (video)  8:02
17."Everyday" (Neptunes Remix) (music video)  3:29

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • ^b signifies a remixer

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Black Diamond.[11]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Angie Stone – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 8, 9, 11–13); recording engineering, mix engineering, executive production
  • Aaron "Freedom" Lyles – production (tracks 3, 8, 9, 11, 12); recording engineering, mix engineering
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad – production (track 10); recording engineering
  • Russell Elevado – production (track 4)
  • Rex Rideout – production (track 5); engineering assistance
  • Phil Temple – production (track 5)
  • DJ U-Neek – production (track 6)
  • Gerry DeVeaux – production (tracks 7, 14); executive production
  • Cutfather & Joe – remix, additional production (track 7); mix engineering
  • Aaron Connor – recording engineering
  • Tim Donovan – recording engineering, mix engineering
  • Tim Hunt – recording engineering
  • Eli Lishinsky – recording engineering
  • Kevin "K.D." Davis – mix engineering
  • Tony Maserati – mix engineering
  • Mads Nilsson – mix engineering
  • Soul Spin – mix engineering
  • Denise Barbarita – engineering assistance
  • Erik Fryland – engineering assistance
  • Charles McCrorey – engineering assistance
  • Jeff Gregory – engineering assistance
  • Susanne Savage – production coordination
  • Miriam Gonzales – production coordination
  • Jo Jones – production coordination
  • Lesvia Castro – production coordination
  • Coen Antonisse – production coordination
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Peter Edge – executive production

Artwork[edit]

  • Margery Greenspan – art direction
  • Sheri G. Lee – art direction, design
  • Ruven Afanador – photography
  • Phil Knott – back cover photography
  • Angie Stone – collage construction
  • Lori Demsey – collage construction

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[21] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 812,000[23]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
United States September 28, 1999 Standard Arista [25][26]
Germany November 8, 1999 CD BMG [27]
Canada February 8, 2000 [28]
Japan February 16, 2000 EMI [9]
United Kingdom February 28, 2000 Arista [7]
Germany March 20, 2000 Reissue BMG [29]
Various September 18, 2012 Digital download Deluxe
  • BRM
  • Peace Bisquit
[10]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Morgan, Laura (November 19, 1999). "Black Diamond". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  4. ^ Byrd, Ayana (October 14, 1999). "Angie Stone: Black Diamond". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  11. ^ Black Diamond (liner notes). Angie Stone. Arista Records. 1999. 07822-19092-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 268.
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  21. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved June 30, 2019. Enter Black Diamond in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond". British Phonographic Industry. October 18, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2015.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Black Diamond in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "Ten Years Of People On Verge". Vibe. September 1, 2003. p. 165. Retrieved June 14, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Angie Stone – Black Diamond". Recording Industry Association of America. February 2, 2000. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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  26. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone (cassette)". Amazon. United States. Retrieved February 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon (in German). Germany. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. ^ "Black Diamond: Angie Stone". Amazon. Canada. Retrieved February 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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